The organiser is expecting some 200 exhibitors to take part in the show where they will be showcasing their products and services for mechanical engineering and industry. Even at this early stage, it is apparent that the exhibiting companies represent an extremely broad spectrum. This applies both to the fields of activity of the exhibitors and to their geographic location. Christian Enßle, Portfolio Manager of Clarion Events Deutschland GmbH: Many exhibitors come from the region. However, around the same number of companies are also based in North Rhine-Westphalia, they have been exhibiting at FMB in Bad Salzuflen for many years, and are now coming to Augsburg, seeking to intensify their sales activities and contacts in the southern half of Germany.”
Following the great response with which the show was met in 2018, the programme of lectures will be expanded in terms of content and presented on a larger exhibi-tion space. After consulting with the cooperation partners and the exhibitors, the organisers defined three focal issues, whereby there will be one block addressing each of these main issues with several lectures.
The first topic – Predictive Maintenance – is of interest to industrial production as a whole and not just for mechanical engineering since such maintenance reduces machine downtime and increases productivity. Furthermore, predictive mainte-nance is regarded as a pioneering application for Industry 4.0 concepts.
Thirdly, there will be a block of lectures dealing with “Additive Manufacturing”, likewise of a practice-oriented nature. The issue is highly topical. Many companies also use this manufacturing process for (small) batch series from plastic and metal. Moreover, Augsburg is the right location for such discussions as this region boasts a high degree of expertise in research and manufacturing in the field of materials technology and also in innovative processing technologies. Furthermore, there is a cluster of key sectors for the application of additive manufacturing processes at the technological hub of the south, particularly the aviation and automotive industries.
The planning of the content of the three key topics is currently in full swing. Christian Enßle: The main criterion is practice orientation: Visitors to the show should be able to take away tangible ideas and proposals to implement in their own production or for mechanical engineering applications. This applies to the discussions with the exhibitors as well as to the lectures.”